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IPL 2016, RPS vs DD: SurpRising Pune Supergiants

With persistent rain, the match was called off after a wait of around 15 minutes with Pune ahead of the par score of 57 by 19 runs.

Written by Shamik Chakrabarty | Kolkata |
May 18, 2016 1:03:43 am
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Synopsis: Delhi Daredevils get into ‘Test’ mode after being sent in. Adam Zampa weaves his magic to deal further blow. Chris Morris shows intent at the death but the damage was done. Ajinkya Rahane anchors a comfortable chase to secure a rare win for Rising Pune Supergiants  (IPL standings)

‘Test’ mode
Changes were expected in the Delhi line-up after a heavy defeat in their last game against Mumbai Indians. They brought in Nathan Coulter-Nile and Mohammed Shami, and also Shreyas Iyer, to become pace-heavy. Where were Sam Billings and Carlos Brathwaite, who could have offered a better balance? At 24 years of age, Karun Nair was the oldest player in the Delhi top five. Their collective international experience had been restricted to de Kock’s eight Tests, 57 ODIs and 29 T20 internationals, and Samson’s lone T20 international against Zimbabwe last year. Too much responsibility assigned to the kids. De Kock had to fire. He was the man in form. But the South African has been averaging just over seven in this IPL, when batting first. His average while batting second is a remarkable 59.00. The odds (stats rather) were stacked against de Kock and he departed in the third over, missing a straight delivery from Ashok Dinda and getting caught plumb in front. The bowler had found some swing straightaway, and with debutant Deepak Chahar – he bagged 8/10 on his Ranji Trophy debut for Rajasthan in 2010 – keeping things relatively tight at the other end, Delhi went into ‘Test’ mode.

Iyer’s dismissal on the heels of a couple of fours from Nair didn’t help matters either. The young man was committed on the front foot a little too early and Dinda surprised him with a bouncer. Iyer had won the IPL Emerging Player of the Year award last term with 439 runs from 14 matches. He followed it up with an excellent Ranji season – 1,321 runs in 11 matches, average 73.38. At the moment, however, he seems to be clueless about where his next run would come from. But it’s still very early in his career and the setback should make him stronger. Nair looked solid and he had Samson for company. But they moved at a snail’s pace, allowing far too many dot balls. The visitors had laboured to 28/2 in Powerplay. And they were 42/2 after nine overs, when Zampa arrived to make things even more difficult.

Zampa weaves magic
At this stage of his career, it would be preposterous to compare the 24-year-old leg-spinner from New South Wales with his mentor. His run-up and action resemble the great Shane Warne but that’s where the comparison ends. Zampa, however, has the talent to make a name for himself. He came to the IPL party late. This was only his fourth match, but Zampa has already become Pune’s highest wicket-taker with 11 scalps, eclipsing R Ashwin. On Tuesday, he returned with 3/21 in four overs; another top show that completely floored the opposition.

Samson was his first victim – done in by a beauty. Zampa held it back a little, drew Samson forward and gave it a real tweak to beat the outside edge. MS Dhoni had an easy stumping. The skipper changed his end, and Zampa foxed Rishabh Pant with a googly. The attempted heave went to Thisara Perera at long-off. The well-set Nair was dismissed by a flipper.

Umpire C Shamsuddin read it right and upheld the appeal for leg before. Zampa’s fourth over was wicketless, but the leggie remained miserly, conceding only four runs. Zampa is learning fast, playing in spin-friendly conditions. He is learning fast, playing under Dhoni.

Morris shows intent
Delhi reached three figures in the final over of the innings. They tried to take the attack to Pune only after Morris came to the crease. The South African showed attacking intent, starting off with a four against Ashwin and then, throwing the kitchen sink at Perera. Four, six, four and a six in the final four balls accounted for a 22-run over to give Delhi’s total some respectability. Morris remained unbeaten on 38 off 20 balls, smacking four fours and two sixes. Before him, only seven boundaries – five by Nair and one each by Iyer and JP Duminy – had been hit. Why did Morris come so late?

Rare win
This was Pune’s only fourth win in this IPL. A facile victory alright, but the new franchise had lost five matches in the final over. They lost four big players during the course of the tournament and then, in their last match at Eden Gardens, they found themselves at the receiving end of the Duckworth/Lewis par score, as rain intervened to shorten the affair. This time, though, rub of the green went their way.

Chasing 122, Pune just had to ensure they didn’t lose early wickets. The hosts lost Usman Khwaja in the fourth over, but Rahane dropped anchor at one end to secure a rare win for his team. Pune were 57/1 after 8.2 overs, when skies opened to force a 40-minute stoppage. Rahane took a four and a six off Shami after resumption, when rain arrived again to bring down the curtain on the contest. Pune were 76/1 after 11 overs to win by 19 runs (D/L method).

For Delhi, they made things difficult for themselves, owing to wrong team selection and unimaginative batting order. They now have to win both their remaining group league matches to reach the playoffs.


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